Utilities

Industry

Supply Lines

As we continue our fresh look at CCE’s earliest posts we stumble across our first exploration of one of the…
Baltic Mine

A Road Runs Through It

For decades the Copper Country’s southern range – the rugged highlands south of the Portage Valley – seem to be…
Mines

A Quincy Enigma

Found in the shadow of the great Quincy No.2 shaft/rock house was this interesting wooden artifact partially obscured by a…
Lake Mine

The Tunnel

At the turn of the century the heart of any mine operation was its steam plant, a battery of coal-fed…
Industry

The Trench

With the mill ruins behind us, we turned our attention towards the nearby stretch of Lake Superior shore along which…
Michigan Mine

The Pit

While massive hoist buildings are interesting, they are the type of thing we expect to find scattered about a mine…
Mines

Under a Canopy of Yellow

Leaving the sandstone and brick embellished hoist foundation behind, we headed across the old roadway at the Trimountain No.2 to…
Calumet

A Calumet Light Pole

For some reason Calumet missed a great deal of the infrastructure improvements other great cities enjoyed during the past half…
Calumet

Clues to an Underground City?

The great Calumet Metropolis was said to be as much a city as any other metropolitan center of its time…
Calumet

What Is It?

Time to play everyone’s favorite CCE game show – What Is It – where ordinary CCE readers attempt to identify…
Mines

The Tank

After the discovery of the cable diverters in front of the Victoria’s rock house we knew that the hoist building…
Industry

Hydrants of the Copper Country

Over the past four and a half years I've happened across a lot of abandoned and forgotten pieces of the…
Locations

An Abandoned Osceola Location

The South Hecla Shafts and Mineral Range Roundhouse – as seen from atop the Osceola No.1 Conglomerate shaft house The…
LaSalle Mine

LaSalle No.2 – the Leftovers

Before moving on from our exploration of LaSalle No.2 we’ll take one last look at some of the odd’s and…
Mines

The Hydrant

To me some of the most illustrative examples of the Copper Country’s fall from grace is the faded and forgotten…
Baltic Mine

More Tunnels

The surface plant of a mine is like any other industrial complex in its need for utilities. Besides the usual…
Industry

Water Tower

Fire is always a concern at a mine, both underground and on the surface. Before 1900 most infrastructure built for…
Copper Range Railroad

Railroad Crossings (p1)

When the Copper Range Railroad decided to make a branch line to Calumet, it no doubt ran into an avalanche…
Champion Mine

Steam Pipes

Sitting just outside of “C” shaft along a overgrown ridge lies this interesting discovery. It looked to be a large…
Mines

A Collection of Ruins

The Trimountain as it looked during operation, a more expansive surface plant then we were originally prepared for As we…
Calumet & Hecla Mine

Yet Another Mystery

Before we leave the Hecla and South Hecla Mine, I would like to share one last mystery in a long…
Calumet & Hecla Mine

Found Along the Road

looking down Mine Street towards the north, and the industrial complex of the late C&H Mine Street was the center…
Mines

Watering Hole

an interesting ruin on the edge of a small pond at Kearsarge Like a living creature, copper mines required sustenance…
Industry

Supply Lines

As we continue our fresh look at CCE’s earliest posts we stumble across our first exploration of one of the…
Centennial Mine

And All the Rest…

an empty fire hydrant sits alone in the field in front of the Centennial dry By now it was getting…